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Ontario Construction News staff writer
Canadian Construction Innovations (CCI), in partnership with the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and with support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP), says it has launched the 2019 CONtact innovator mentorship program.
The initiative aims to match aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs creating new solutions for the construction industry with experienced industry leaders to help refine their products and services be it from start-up to scale-up for fast-track adoption.
“Our goal is to spark innovation and accelerate the use of new solutions to improve the industry’s productivity, safety, profitability and contribution to building sustainable communities,” CCA president Mary Van Buren said in a statement.
“One of the biggest challenges for innovators and entrepreneurs developing new solutions is gaining access to executives in the industry to get feedback on their solutions. Equally, it can be difficult for the industry to learn about leading-edge solutions that can dramatically improve their businesses. CONtact provides the perfect platform to overcome that challenge,” she said.
CCI chair John Bockstael said: “The CONtact program not only encourages progressive entrepreneurs and innovators who have the potential and opportunity to transform the industry especially from a technology perspective, but also acts as a magnet to attract a tech-savvy next-gen workforce.”
The 2019 CONtact innovator mentorship program has been launched based on a successful pilot program earlier this year where select mentees had the opportunity to receive valuable advice from industry experts to improve their product offering for industry acceptance.
Innovators and entrepreneurs interested in participating in the mentorship program can submit online applications by Aug. 30 at cca-acc.com/contact.
Successful applicants will be announced in early October and will be matched with mentors soon after.
CCI invites construction experts with five plus years of industry practice or who have experience in helping to bring innovative solutions to market to apply online as mentors at cca-acc.com/contact.